The 2023 NBA Draft is only a little over a month away, and San Antonio Spurs fans are lighting their prayer candles and hoping that some divine intervention can help their favorite franchise hit the jackpot in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. The 7-foot-4 center is the belle of the ball, but this class is chock-full of prospects with All-Star potential.
Barclays Center, the home arena for the Brooklyn Nets, will host the NBA Draft for a third straight year. Except for the pandemic-shortened season in 2020, when the league office held a strictly virtual version of this event from the ESPN studios to adhere to social distancing regulations, this venue has been the headquarters of every NBA Draft since 2013.
Which venues will host the 2024 and 2025 NBA Drafts?
The league has not announced which venue will host the 2024 and 2025 NBA Draft, though it is probably a safe bet that it will remain at Barclays Center for continuity. Prudential Center, the arena of the Nets before they departed New Jersey, was the location of the NBA Draft in 2011 and 2012. The historic Madison Square Garden served as the grounds for this event for a decade before that.
While the 2024 and 2025 NBA Draft lack a transcendent talent like Wembanyama that locks down consensus top pick status years before becoming league eligible, there are several exciting up-and-coming youngsters. From Bronny James, DJ Wagner, and Matas Buzelis to Dylan Harper, Tre Johnson, and Flory Bidunga, the association will soon welcome numerous high-upside phenoms.
San Antonio has seven first and second-round picks apiece spread between the 2024 and 2025 NBA Draft, and their front office should be salivating at the possibility of landing a handful of the names we mentioned earlier. The Silver and Black could luck into Wembanyama or Scoot Henderson in the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery, and they will have an opportunity to bolster their rebuild over the next few years.